Carnal Clues: The Biology of a Breakup
Fresh heartbreak sparks a common montage: hibernating, thinking the world has ended, and keeping Kleenex in business, for starters. In a close relationship, you think of your partner as a part of you. “So when he or she pulls away, it feels like a part of your body was ripped off,” says Arthur Aron, a psychologist at SUNY at Stony Brook. The most reliable saving grace is time: As the days pass, activity diminishes in brain regions that register attachment.